The Style Files: Suzanne Lovell

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Suzanne Lovell is a very well-regarded interior designer and architect based in Chicago. Suzanne founded her eponymous architectural design firm in 1986 and has since been named to Architectural Digest‘s coveted AD 100 List. Her work has also appeared in shelter publications including House Beautiful and ELLE DECOR. She has also designed a collection of fabrics in collaboration with Twill Textiles. Her first book, Artistic Interiors was published in 2011. In her own words, Suzanne is “a lifestyle architect practicing at the intersection of architecture and interiors, design and fine art”, subjects on which she is quite passionate. Highly intellectual and gifted as a designer, Suzanne has attracted a loyal list of high-profile clientele including several powerhouse women. Her aesthetic is tailored, elegant, and enduring. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Suzanne and got to know her and her inspiring work a bit better. Enjoy!


Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Suzanne Lovell: I’m enthusiastic about the world of color, and fine art and object that offers us opportunity for an expressive interior.

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PC: Has living in Chicago influenced the way you decorate in any way?

SL: Chicago is a friendly place and an easy town to live in, even with the weather. Our team has worked together for years, and many of our vendors are our friends all over the country. Being centrally-located makes work in many cities an easy proposition.

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PC: What does your home say about you?

SL: My home tells my ancestral story. I am very sentimental, which points directly at why I enjoy creating stories for my clients in their homes.

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PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

SL: My travels! And I am constantly referencing books both for imagery and theory. People’s personalities inspire me and I love to imagine the kind of surroundings that fits them.


PC: Who are your personal style icons?

SL: Dries Van Noten for textiles and inspiration. Chanel for elegance.


{The Dries Van Noten Store in Paris | Photography via}

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

SL: Shoes!! And platform shoes are even better!



PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

SL: Brilliance, the light that shines from their eyes, as it speaks to focus, hard work and a creative imagination.

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PC: Who has been your greatest professional influence?

SL: My Great Aunt Alice whom was the head box and bottle designer for Seagram’s Liquors in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. She had a spark for life every day, and she was a scratch golfer!

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PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

SL: I heli-ski with my son William. I go to fine art shows and museums around the world with my daughter Alice. I bike and fish for trout around the world with my husband. Through fly-fishing, I see the colors of the world from as many sides as possible.

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PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

SL: We are blogging about everything that inspires us, so perhaps a book that touches those topics and our interiors that those inspirations have created.

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The Style Files: Suzanne Lovell

Go-To Outfit: Black anything from Ikram in Chicago

Style Mantra: Elegant and Timeless

Scent: Bvlgari Jasmin Noir

Piece of Jewelry: A large mutton jade ring

Color I Never Tire Of: White: it’s clean, new, modern and fresh

Flower: Magenta peonies from Alice’s Table

Indispensable Design Elements: Travertine, Bronze, Polished Nickel

Dream Project: London Townhouse

Fabric/Textile: Hermès gray & white ikat with parrots

Hostess Gift: dog biscuits from Shake Shack and chocolate rocks


Meal: Pasta at Riccardo’s Trattoria in Chicago – Italian extraordinaire!

Drink: Puligny-Montrachet / white burgundy

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: A lovely dinner outside with my husband at Mon Ami Gabi, another Chicago favorite

3 Things I Love About My City: The Lakefront, Cloud Gate (The Bean) by Anish Kapoor, and Riccardo Muti with the Chicago Symphony

Weekend Destination: Boston or San Francisco, where my children live. Nantucket as often as I can get there!

Hotel: The Connaught in London

City: Copenhagen

Museum: The Art Institute of Chicago

Artist: Marina Abramović

Prized Possession: Cosmic Vessel by Kate Malone

Greatest Extravagance: My closet

Go-To Color Palette: White Venetian plaster with black high sheen trim and doors, acidic colored upholstery

I can never have too many…pairs of glasses, shoes and adventures with my family!

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  1. Paloma, Suzanne is so talented in both architecture and design. It was a pleasure to learn more about her and see her gorgeous works!

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